KCEC members make quorum, votes to allow 18 year olds on board

First time in five years rural electric cooperative could conduct business at annual meeting

By Staci Matlock
editor@taosnews.com
Posted 6/8/19

For the first time in five years, enough of Kit Carson Electric Cooperative's more than 22,000 members registered at the annual meeting to reach a quorum and conduct business.

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KCEC members make quorum, votes to allow 18 year olds on board

First time in five years rural electric cooperative could conduct business at annual meeting

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For the first time in five years, enough of Kit Carson Electric Cooperative's more than 22,000 members registered at the annual meeting to reach a quorum and conduct business.

To make quorum, KCEC needed 459 members to register. A total of 514 showed up and stuck around for more than an hour through presentations to vote.

"I'm excited, can you tell I'm excited?," said Luis Reyes, long-time CEO of the co-op, joking that he isn't know for showing much emotion. 

By voice vote,  the members approved all three bylaw  changes on the agenda: the annual meeting will take place on a Saturday in April instead of June; district meetings will be reserved for trustee elections and not KCEC business; and 18-year-olds can now serve on the electric co-ops board of trustees. 

Reyes and Christopher Riley, co-founder of Guzman Energy, talked about the ten-year power contract between the two companies.  The contract is entering its fourth year and under it, Guzman is helping finance KCEC's move toward providing members with 100 percent of their daytime energy needs from solar. 

Reyes said he thought the difference in reaching the quorum this year was a concerted outreach effort. He said the board and staff had spent the year meeting with groups and community leaders in the  co-op's far flung districts  "to convey the value of their participation in annual meetings." 

Cash and raffle prizes plus a free lunch after the meeting didn't hurt either. 

Read more on the meeting and KCEC's energy plans plus see more photos in  the upcoming Thursday edition of The Taos News.

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